WASHINGTON – United States Trade Representative Katherine Tai today hosted a bilateral meeting with Canada’s Minister of Small Business, Export Promotion and International Trade Mary Ng ahead of travel to Mexico City for a trilateral event to mark the one-year anniversary of the entry into force of the United States – Mexico – Canada Agreement (USMCA).
Ambassador Tai and Minister Ng began by celebrating the anniversary of the historical worker-centered agreement, and acknowledged the close relationship between the two countries. They committed to work together to address shared goals of building back better, combatting forced labor, addressing the climate crisis, developing an inclusive trade policy, and strengthening North American supply chains.
Ambassador Tai stressed the importance of Canada fully meeting its home shopping commitments under the USMCA, and urged Canada to abandon its proposed unilateral digital service tax in light of the OECD agreement on a global taxation. They also discussed softwood lumber, dairy, and WTO reform. The two agreed to continue to collaborate on addressing these and other issues, and to maintain an open line of communication.